Evolving the Formula 1 Racer

July 10, 2012
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Since the first Formula 1 auto race in 1950, the drive for faster lap times, more reliability, and changes in the rules governing competition and safety have had an evolutionary effect. The bullet-shaped cars of the 50’s have morphed into the low-slung, spoiler-adorned, aerodynamic supercars of today. This animation from designer Rufus Blacklock captures the evolution of the chassis, spoilers, engine and steering wheels over 60 years in just 60 seconds:

Since the first Formula 1 auto race in 1950, the drive for faster lap times, more reliability, and changes in the rules governing competition and safety have had an evolutionary effect. The bullet-shaped cars of the 50’s have morphed into the low-slung, spoiler-adorned, aerodynamic supercars of today. This animation from designer Rufus Blacklock captures the evolution of the chassis, spoilers, engine and steering wheels over 60 years in just 60 seconds:

The same designer also created the infographic below showing the rules changes driving the evolution, laid on the outline of the Monza track.

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Rufus Blacklock: Evolution of the F1 Car: Animated